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 Abandoned Cold War sites in the Dakotas - UPDATE 8/21/2011
moose201  [Team Member]
8/3/2011 10:29:14 AM
Just visited a number of such sites in North & South Dakota and will be highlighting those visits in the coming months on my website: www.coldwartourist.com

This is not a money-making site, just planning to take photographs and write about these facilities. The sections on the Titan Missile Museum, AMARG and the Atomic Canon are complete. The rest will be updated in the coming months. You can scroll to the bottom of any page and choose to "Like" my Facebook site which will notify you automatically when I post updates on the main website.

I met some great people on this latest trip and it seems like every other person in the Dakotas is a missileer, was a missileer or knows a missileer.
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zlman  [Team Member]
8/7/2011 1:28:57 PM
Looked through the whole site, very interesting. Curious on the Fort Igloo site, what was stored there?The pic that is under your "suggest a cold war site", what was that location used for, where?
Just a comment, some more info included with the photo's would be good.
moose201  [Team Member]
8/7/2011 3:33:26 PM

Originally Posted By zlman:
Looked through the whole site, very interesting. Curious on the Fort Igloo site, what was stored there?The pic that is under your "suggest a cold war site", what was that location used for, where?
Just a comment, some more info included with the photo's would be good.

zlman, the entire site will be updated to include such information in the coming weeks and months. I've made the trip, taken the photos, now I just need to write it up and post more pics. (The pics that are up now are just a teaser.) With respect to Fort Igloo, it was used for the storage and handling of munitions including chemical weapons. The visual landscape there is really unique with over 800 storage igloos spread across a large grassland. Much more to talk about the history and present status....stay tuned. I guess I should point out that this area is now in private hands and, as such, is not open to the public. The other pic you refer to is the SBX radar which is not an abandoned base but reminds me of the Texas Towers (off-shore radar platforms used by the Air Force) that were used during the 1950s & 1960s.

Thanks very much for checking out the site, I'm working right now on updating the section dealing with the ABM site in Nekoma, ND.
zlman  [Team Member]
8/7/2011 4:37:19 PM
Well I'll stay tuned then, again, very interesting.
meltdown  [Moderator]
8/7/2011 6:40:46 PM
I looked at the site too and found it interesting.
E-Mag  [Team Member]
8/8/2011 5:26:56 AM
I have wanted to go to the Stanley R. Mickelson Safeguard ABM Complex but sadly have never made it there
pokey074  [Member]
8/8/2011 9:39:34 AM
Been meaning to take a motorcycle trip out to this:

Minuteman Missile Historic Site
stretch415  [Team Member]
8/8/2011 3:13:38 PM
taggage. Always wanted to visit one but havent yet!
moose201  [Team Member]
8/8/2011 7:41:07 PM

Originally Posted By pokey074:
Been meaning to take a motorcycle trip out to this:

Minuteman Missile Historic Site

Yes, this was one of the sites that I visited. I was also granted access to the personnel hatch so that I could take photos inside the silo equipment room.
moose201  [Team Member]
8/21/2011 11:07:17 PM
Site has now been updated to include details and photographs of my visit to the Stanley R. Mickelson Safeguard Complex. http://www.coldwartourist.com
MIhunter  [Team Member]
10/7/2011 10:29:08 AM
Ft. Igloo was one of the largest munitions storage areas west of the Mississippi river in its day. It was a major hub for bases out west.
snoman  [Member]
10/31/2011 12:21:24 AM
Just dropped a site through your website. The Warren Peak AFS was a field deployable nuclear powered radar site. When it was set up in I think the early 60's, they literally topped Warren Peak to put this thing in. Rumors raged for years over what the AF ultimately did with the core, some say it left in place and cemented in, others say they took it with them and they cemented in the hole. Just thought you'd like to know for future endeavors.
moose201  [Team Member]
10/31/2011 8:54:17 PM

Originally Posted By snoman:
Just dropped a site through your website. The Warren Peak AFS was a field deployable nuclear powered radar site. When it was set up in I think the early 60's, they literally topped Warren Peak to put this thing in. Rumors raged for years over what the AF ultimately did with the core, some say it left in place and cemented in, others say they took it with them and they cemented in the hole. Just thought you'd like to know for future endeavors.

Very interesting snoman. Thanks for the tip, I will have to check this one out on my next trip to the Black Hills. Thanks again.
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